Summit Daily letters: Full-throated support for workforce housing and Frisco’s 2B ballot item
March 23, 2018
Say yes to more workforce housing — vote yes on Frisco's 2B ballot item
I am a full-time resident and business owner in Frisco. The Frisco Lodge has been in my family since 1961. I believe that small businesses are an integral part of Frisco and employees are an integral part of small business. Both are necessary to help make a community. Without them, people won't be able to shop, eat and stay in our cute little town. Our continued success as a town requires that we can attract and retain the workforce to maintain that. We cannot continue to grow our businesses and community without access to both seasonal and year- round workers that live in Frisco or Summit County, not those that must commute from Leadville, Georgetown, Fairplay or even Grand County and Denver.
As for the "Pocket Park" SOS building location; we have several beautiful pocket parks. One behind the Information Center at Third and Main St., the historic park at Second and Main St., the Post Office and another located at the corner of Main St. and Summit Boulevard. We have a newer Community Center located at the County Commons.
We have a crisis with respect to the availability of workforce housing. To address that challenge we need to build suitable rental housing now. We need to keep Frisco thriving as a destination stop for our guests. I strongly support a YES VOTE on 2B and hope that you will too.
Susan A. Wentworth
Owner, Frisco Lodge
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